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Thread: Do You Cut Your Quilt Pieces from Templates?

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    I only use a template when fussy cutting.

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    My first quilt was that way. never finished it, but I do see one that I want to do that require that method

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    Cavmom - how can you possibly quilt with those darling little eyes (avatar)looking at you and wanting to play! Absolutely adorable.

    So far the only way I have learned to quilt is with a rotary cutter and mat - but then, I am still getting into the swing of it. :-)

    Marysewfun

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    I'm new here. I have made several log cabin quilts but why would you use triangles in one. Is it a new pattern? I'm learning so much from the Quilting Board.

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    it depends on the pattern i dont like to do a lot of cutting from templates i prefer the strip method if it works for the pattern

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    I'm all for shortcuts when cutting fabric, but there are a lot of rulers, which are somewhat like templates that make our lives easier. I once bought a set of double wedding ring plastic templates for rotary cutters from Shar Jorgensen, which I liked. I never did get around to making that quilt, although I wanted to and somehow in the move from a house to an apt. they vanished. I'll have to find another way I guess, to make that particular quilt.

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    I fall in love with a pattern and do what I need to do....but if I can take a template-using pattern and make it into strip piecing, then all the better.

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    I do use templates if the block requires lots of small, precision cut pieces, or if particular parts of the fabric pattern are needed for repeats, or if the design has been drafted full-size and the pieces are irregular and need to match exactly-

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    Not if I can help it! Strip piecing and chain sewing are my preference.

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    I do not use templates, I cut strips and cut the quilt pieces from these strips. Or cut squares and cut the pieces from these.
    I cut everything with a ruler and rotary cutter.
    I don't think theres too many pieced quilts where you need templates. The rotary cutter is a time saver. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSevenYearStitch
    My mother used plastic templates to cut out all of her squares. She felt it was "the right way". Yeah, that lasted about 5 minutes with me! Without my Olfa mat, I don't think I would be quilting! Why torture yourself? If you go that route, you may as well hand stitch the whole thing and make a grand total of 2 quilts in your lifetime.
    I wouldn't lock myself into only doing it one way, but I make lots of scrap quilts so I cut pieces out to use all my small material. If I am cutting from a yardage, I use my rotery cutter. I've made many a quilt using templates and scissors, AND hand piecing and hand quilting. usually can make more than two quilts in a lifetime. I know there are many who only rotary cut, machine piece and machine quilt and that's ok with me, but there are some of us who thoroughly love the process of doing things the old ways. Just our preference.

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    I learned to quilt by strip piecing. Sometimes I make a template but try to stay away from them. Even making a plastic template ends up shredded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandma Janice
    Quote Originally Posted by TheSevenYearStitch
    My mother used plastic templates to cut out all of her squares. She felt it was "the right way". Yeah, that lasted about 5 minutes with me! Without my Olfa mat, I don't think I would be quilting! Why torture yourself? If you go that route, you may as well hand stitch the whole thing and make a grand total of 2 quilts in your lifetime.
    I wouldn't lock myself into only doing it one way, but I make lots of scrap quilts so I cut pieces out to use all my small material. If I am cutting from a yardage, I use my rotery cutter. I've made many a quilt using templates and scissors, AND hand piecing and hand quilting. usually can make more than two quilts in a lifetime. I know there are many who only rotary cut, machine piece and machine quilt and that's ok with me, but there are some of us who thoroughly love the process of doing things the old ways. Just our preference.
    :) No offense intended. I've done some projects with paper-piecing, and of course, 8-pointed stars can't be strip quilted. But I strip quilt whenever I can. ;)

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    I think quilt pieces cut with a rotary cutter and ruler are more accurate than cutting around templates with scissors.
    I make scrap quilts, some PP, and never use templates. The rotary cutter/ruler is the best thing since sliced bread.:)

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    I don't mind using the templates. If the pattern calls for them I buy what is needed. I don't let that stop me from making something that I see that I want. I have done several "Patchwork Parties" and loved it.

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    I learned 'assembly line sewing at a sewing' factory, and from Eleanor Burns, I don't think I would stay with it if I had to go back to old style. (Oh, who am I kidding? I would quit if I had to give up assembly line work.) I do so enjoy seeing a finished quilt.

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    I think Amy Butler's patterns are not the easiest things to use. I bought one for a handbag and the directions were so confusing I stuffed everything in a bag and donated it to a thrift shop.

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    I think it depends on the pattern. I have many that I have taken shortcuts on and others must cut each little piece with the template. I think its a judgement call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieces2
    I think quilt pieces cut with a rotary cutter and ruler are more accurate than cutting around templates with scissors.
    I make scrap quilts, some PP, and never use templates. The rotary cutter/ruler is the best thing since sliced bread.:)
    I think it depends on how proficient the individual cutting the patches is with scissors or shears.

    I'm cutting patches for my second quilt, using a template and shears. It is a quilt pattern that relies on mirroring fussy cut patches. I put the template down on the correct spot on the fabric pattern, then trace around it with triangular tailor's chalk to give me a nice, big, fat, high contrast line. When I cut, I cut inside the chalk line so that I end up with a patch the exact same size as my template.

    I spent years showing dogs (just lost my old champion, who was also my retired service dog) and I had to learn to cut accurately in order to trim their feet and leg furnishings. When I started showing, my mentor handed me an old pair of shears and a stack of used copy paper. Before she let me use the shears on any of her show dogs, I had to show her I could cut 10 perfectly parallel lines into the paper that were all exactly the same distance apart and ended at the same spot. No jaggies, no crooked cuts, no inaccurate cuts.

    By eye. No marking of the paper allowed.

    Only after I acquired that skill was I allowed to take the $300+ shears to the hair on the show dogs.

    Cutting quilt patches is way easier than trimming dogs. And wow, a good pair of fabric scissors or shears is sooooo much cheaper than ones for hair.

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